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Key details

Attendance Full-Time
Duration 36 weeks
Code
Awarding Body Edexcel
Level Further Education
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

If you enjoy working with people, you will find a career in the Public Services very satisfying. This course will give you a realistic introduction to work in any of the Uniformed Public Services including: Fire, Police, Ambulance, Prison, Customs and Excise and the Armed Services (British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines).

The course is exciting and varied, as it combines classroom-based study with practical and outdoor activities.

What you'll study

For this course, you will study 3 units. Some are compulsory and others are optional:

  • Searching for a Job
  • Public Service Careers
  • Well-being and Fitness for Public Service
  • Practical Teamwork and Introduction to Expedition Skills

There will be opportunities throughout the course for you to improve your Maths and English skills and to use appropriate computer software.

Outdoor activities are essential elements of the course as are Skills for Life/Functional Skills IT.

Numerous Day/ Residential visits are an important part of the course.

You will also study an award in personal and social development (PSD) which will include units such as working in a team, equality and diversity and individual project work.

You will:

  • Attend lectures
  • Use work-based assignments, projects and case studies based on real events
  • Use IT workshops
  • Practical activities
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • How to work as an individual or as part of a team

You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and discussions with representatives from various Public Service organisations as well as visits such as police riot training and British Army day and residential activities.

You can join the College’s Sports Academies and gym as well as participate in Public Services sports competitions. Some of your study will take place within the local community and in the local countryside.

  • For this course, you will study 3 units. Some are compulsory and others are optional:

    • Searching for a Job
    • Public Service Careers
    • Well-being and Fitness for Public Service
    • Practical Teamwork and Introduction to Expedition Skills

    There will be opportunities throughout the course for you to improve your Maths and English skills and to use appropriate computer software.

    Outdoor activities are essential elements of the course as are Skills for Life/Functional Skills IT.

    Numerous Day/ Residential visits are an important part of the course.

    You will also study an award in personal and social development (PSD) which will include units such as working in a team, equality and diversity and individual project work.

  • You will:

    • Attend lectures
    • Use work-based assignments, projects and case studies based on real events
    • Use IT workshops
    • Practical activities
    • Communication
    • Time Management
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • How to work as an individual or as part of a team
  • You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and discussions with representatives from various Public Service organisations as well as visits such as police riot training and British Army day and residential activities.

    You can join the College’s Sports Academies and gym as well as participate in Public Services sports competitions. Some of your study will take place within the local community and in the local countryside.

Assessment

The course is assessed by unit assignments which test knowledge, skills and understanding.

To be recommended for the Award you must achieve a Pass grade in all Units.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths
Grade D-E/3-2
GCSE English
Grade D-E/3-2

You may not need formal qualifications or prior knowledge/ experience but must provide a satisfactory reference.

You should have a moderate level of physical fitness and an enthusiasm for exercise.

You will be invited to participate in a two day assessment that includes Maths and English tests, physical assessment and self-discipline.

We welcome applications from mature students who can demonstrate to us, by evidence of other studies or experience, that they have the capability to satisfactorily complete and benefit from the course.

English and/or Maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

Careers and skills

Conrad Williams

Uniformed Protective Services Tutor

"Quality work experience complements what is taught in the classroom and is a key way in which, as a College, we can help students get ready for employment and progress into their chosen career."

Conrad Williams

Uniformed Protective Services Tutor

"Quality work experience complements what is taught in the classroom and is a key way in which, as a College, we can help students get ready for employment and progress into their chosen career."

Next steps

You will be required to purchase and wear a uniform and the course will include compulsory trips that you will have to pay for. You will also need to pay £60 costs for travel during outdoor activities. A pair of walking boots are essential to do this course and water proof clothing is advisable for your own comfort. After successfully completing a Level 1  course, you can progress onto Level 2 and 3 courses. A firefighter has the potential to earn £22,000 - £42,000+ a year. A soldier has the potential to earn £15,670 - £35,150+ a year. A police officer has the potential to earn £20,000 - £60,000+ a year.    

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Tuition fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees.

The amount depends on the course and on the number of hours. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.

Email: enrolment@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

Student Finance

You may be entitled to financial support whilst you study. For more information, contact our Student Finance Team.

Tel: 01274 088 349 Email: studentfunding@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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